Want to be an integral part of the American Birkebeiner Events?

If you answered an emphatic YES!, you’ll want to be among the 2,500  volunteers who work behind the scenes or up front to make the Birkie events happen all year-round. You’ll be able to select from the volunteer links, per event, below…and you’ll be among volunteers celebrating at the post-Birkie Volunteer Party in February.

“The next time you apply a set of those Birkie stickers to your skis, remember all the people who join in to make this event possible. Someday, you may be watching from the sidelines. Only then do you realize how lucky we skiers are to have those volunteers standing by to help us in time of need.”   – Bob Rude, Birkie skier sidelined in 2005, Rhode Island

Register To Be a Birkie Volunteer! Year-Round Opportunities*!

Click on the link below to see available shifts, per event:

  • Birkie Trail Work – Summer, 2019
  • Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner Docent – Open Year-Round
  • Lumberjack Run Volunteering – August 1st, 2020
  • Birkie Trail Run Festival Volunteering – September 27-28, 2019
  • Double Pole Derby Volunteering – December 28th, 2019
  • Hayward Nordic Kids Volunteering – January – March, 2020
  • BirkieTour Volunteering – January 19th, 2020  
  • Gitchi Gami Games Volunteering – January, 2020
  • Bib Processing for Birkie Events – February, 2020
  • Birkie Office Volunteer –   February, 2020
  • FIS Super Tour Sprints Volunteering – February 19, 2020
  • Birkie Week THURSDAY Events – February 20, 2020
  • Kortelopet, Prince Haakon FRIDAY – February 21, 2020
  • American Birkebeiner SATURDAY– February 22nd, 2020
  • Fat Bike Birkie Volunteering – March 7th, 2020
  • Birkie Trail Ambassador – Seasonal (December 1st – March 31st)

Have Questions? Call  715-634-5025 x:2, 1 or email Ronda Tworek, Volunteer & Participant Services Director at: ronda.tworek@birkie.com     *Volunteer shifts typically open 3 months before any given event.

If you are part of a non-profit group in need of raising funds for trips or group supplies, please call or email Ronda at the Birkie Office to see how we can help each other!  Groups can earn $5.00/hr. per person volunteering at Birkie events.

Reasons to Volunteer!

  • You’re tired of staying inside!
  • Everyone you know talks about helping at Birkie events and you haven’t yet!
  • You’ve always wanted to volunteer for something!
  • You really enjoy encouraging participants to reach the finish line!
  • You have the chance to experience “Birkie Fever!”
  • You get a nice new Volunteer Hat, Birkie Pin or a great Volunteer shirt!*
    *Volunteer gift varies per event.

PLUS… Come to the Volunteer Appreciation Party!

Be Our Guest for this Great Food and Get Together
SUNDAY, FEB. 24th, 2019 – The Steakhouse in Hayward – 2:00 pm
Where the Volunteer of the Year will be announced and GRAND PRIZE of a TREK BIKE awarded!

Any Birkie Volunteer can be nominated by another volunteer, Race Chief, or member of the community.
The Volunteer of the Month program is to recognize a volunteer for their efforts and dedication in assisting the American Birkebeiner with its events, year round. If you know of a Birkie Volunteer worthy of this nomination, please fill out and submit the application in the link below.  One of the nominees will be recognized as the Volunteer of the Year, at the Volunteer Appreciation Party each February.

Nomination for Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer Opportunities

Year-Round Opportunities

Help out at all Birkie events: Birkie Trail Run Festival, in September; BirkieTour, in January; Birkie Week Events, in February and the Fat Bike Birkie in March! Or with Trail Work or Museum Docent, all year-round!

  • Pre-race Office Work: Mailings, filing and general office work.
  • Bib Processing & Bib Pick-up: Package & Distribute skier bibs.
  • Information Booth: Answer questions about the Birkie Week events.
  • Food/Water/Aid Stations: Distribute water, sports drink, energy gels,  and/or medical assistance to skiers along the course.
  • Start and Finish Line Set-up/Tear Down: Set up/teardown fencing, scaffolding, banners, etc.
  • Elite Skiers: House an athlete for the weekend or provide transportation to and from the airport.
  • Security/Crowd Control: Maintain/supervise crowd at start, finish line and parking areas.
  • Gear Baggage Check: Assist with skier’s personal items at the start and finish areas.
  • Finish Line Area: Assist skiers, timing, pass out medals and pins, and provide medical attention.
  • Awards: Assist with distributing awards after the events.
  • Parking: Directing traffic at various parking lots for participants to ride shuttle busses.
  • Truck Driver: Deliver race supplies and food on the course prior to race day. Drive trucks with baggage gear race day
  • Post-Race Mailings: Lost & Found items, awards, etc.
  • National Ski Patrol: The National Ski Patrol provides support for skiers on the course. If you are a member please contact them to find out how you can become more involved. If you are interested in learning more about the NSP please visit their web site at www.nsp.org.


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